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We wanted to take a look at the live streaming services and make a channel comparison across each to help you chose the right live TV streaming service based on the channels you want. In this article, we examine the cable channels, local broadcast channels, regional sports networks, and premium channels on the following networks
Hulu Live TV – Provides the best overall channel experience when considering the various categories of packages. Hulu Live TV shines when it comes to the availability of local broadcast markets and comes in near the top on most other channel categories. Check out our review of Hulu for more details.
Philo – Philo offers the best value option for those looking for popular cable channels. At $20 a month and access to TV everywhere apps, it’s the best bargain out there. Check our review of Philo for more information.
Fubo TV – FuboTV shines when it comes to sports. It started as a sports-oriented streaming service but now can hold it’s own against services like Hulu and YouTube TV. See our review of FuboTV for more details
Sling TV – Sling TV is another excellent value streaming service, providing a robust slate of channels for $30 per month. Sling TV takes a more A la Carte approach allowing several channel add-on packages. However, adding all those packages will inflate the price. See our review of Sling for more details.
YouTube TV – YouTube TV Provides the second best channel experience next to Hulu. Comes it near the top in almost every category. See our review of YouTube TV for more details.
AT&T TV Now – AT&T TV Now shines when it comes to premium channel offerings. Check out our review of AT&T Now for more details.
Cable Channel Comparison
As you can see in the chart below, each service has different strengths and weaknesses in their channels lineups. When it comes to value, Philo (offers a 1-week free trial) and Sling (try 1-week free trial) set them apart from the rest. However, each does have its drawbacks. As you will see later, Philo lacks local broadcast channels and RSNs, and Sling TV doesn’t support TV everywhere apps, which are very important to watch on-demand.
TV Everywhere – Apps specific to the channel that install on your smartphone or streaming device. Generally, Philo, Youtube TV, and Hulu do a decent job of supporting TV Everywhere apps. Usually, your credentials for those services will work with the TV everywhere apps.
In the chart below, you will see columns like “S+$10.” This is due to sling having various add-on packages. Each letter is a separate add-on package with a dollar amount indicating the cost of that add-on package.
Local Channel Comparison
Since it varies based on location, I recommend you check out my guide to watching local channels for more information on what each service offers in regard to your local NBC, ABC, FOX, CBS, etc.
Ultimately, Hulu Live TV and YouTube TV offer all the major networks in the most markets in the country. They are the best option for local networks. AT&T TV Now is also a decent option. FuboTV is behind those followed by Sling TV. Philo TV currently isn’t offering local channels.
Regional Sports Network Comparison
When it comes to the availability of regional sports networks, FuboTV comes out on top. Hulu Live TV and YouTube TV are good second choices. However, keep in mind that these channels are only available if you live in the market for that channel. For a better idea of which service to get based on the sports your watch, you can see what they have available in your area using the links below.
Fubo TV – Check Channels in your area
Hulu Live TV – Check Channels in your area.
YouTube TV – Check Channels in your area
Premium Channel Comparison
When it comes to premium channel offers, AT&T TV Now has the best overall selection. The fact that HBO comes standard with AT&T TV Now is an excellent selling point. Hulu Live TV is the second-best option for Premium Channels.
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